My post Self-Fulfilling Backlash suggested the press was trying to whip up an artificial storm over a comment by Shimon Peres, which was taken out of context and sensationalised by the Telegraph and Haartetz. Now it seems they have succeeded in doing so. A damp squib, anyway. Who’s surprised?
The Express and the Mail have jumped aboard, with the help of Andrew Rosindell who the Express quotes as saying:
“It is inappropriate for the president of Israel to make a comment like that. Maybe he should spend more time here, get to know the British people and realise we defeated the Nazis in the war. I and many other politicians are fighting groups like the BNP, whose views are not representative of the country as a whole.”
which is odd if there’s any truth in this article about Mr. Rosindell’s “form” in politics, which accuses him of “climbing into the gutter” with the BNP.
Robin Shepherd has written:
“What no reasonable person can deny is that there is a massive problem in Britain, that Israel is singled out like no other country in the world in the British press, that rising Muslim populations are bringing a new anti-Israeli dynamic into the equation, that the foreign office tends to support the Arabs against Israel — it imposes a Royal boycott on Israel, for example, while there have been several Royal visits to Arab countries — and that in some cases there is a problem with anti-Semitism.”
For a detailed examination of the long inglorious record of British anti Israel and anti Jewish behaviour read Daniel Greenfield, aka Sultan Knish.
Shimon Peres understands Britain’s historical relationship with Israel and the Arabs far better than David Cameron evidently understands what’s happening in Gaza. Yet Cameron’s ignorance has been given a free pass, while Peres is accused of “getting it wrong.”
For anyone who doubts that the foreign office is pro-Arab, look at who has been appointed big chief. Simon Fraser, formerly sacked (or not, depending on who you listen to) for cohabiting with the PLO official he is now married to.
Britain’s attitude to Israel today, and the press interest stirred up by David Cameron’s nonsense about prison camps is widely attributable to the BBC, which has reported, nurtured, created and re-reported matters concerning Israel in an ever increasing delegitimising exercise. Who knows who and what David Cameron is pandering to with his gaffe-ridden trip, but it certainly isn’t the all powerful media-controlling Jewish lobby.